Education & Workforce Development

Private colleges group launches search for next chief executive

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Independent Colleges of Indiana has launched a national search for its next CEO after Hans Giesecke left to lead a college in Greece.
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Indiana's jobless rate remains nearly unchanged

August 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's unemployment situation appears to be stabilizing as the jobless rate held almost steady for the third month in a row, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said this morning.
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Sallie Mae rallies over jobs in Fishers

August 21, 2009
Scott Olson
Sallie Mae CEO Al Lord visited the company's Fishers office this morning in his latest effort to get the word out that his business and his employees' jobs are threatened by a government proposal.
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Butler launches search for more moneyRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
J.K. Wall
In five years, Butler University President Bobby Fong wants to vault his school into the top 10 of the nation’s master’s universities—schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees but few doctorates.
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Fast-growing Harrison College hires Trinkle as provost

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Harrison College, formerly Indiana Business College, hired its first provost and chief academic officer as the for-profit educator experiences rapid growth.
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Summer program turns teens into entrepreneursRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Eighteen students from Indianapolis’ Haughville neighborhood sold their wares— ranging from caps and sunglasses to purses to home-baked cookies—as part of a summer business-education program for low-income youth.
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Tenants trickling in to Purdue’s technology centerRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
For a city feverishly growing its technology and life sciences sectors, it seemed a bit anticlimactic last January when Purdue University dedicated its new technology center with only one tenant. But the lone tenant in the $12.8 million complex, FlamencoNets, a high-tech telecommunications firm, is about to get some company.
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IU Trustees elect Fort Wayne doctor president

August 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana University Board of Trustees have elected Fort Wayne surgeon Dr. William Cast to a two-year term as the board's president.
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New Junior Achievement chief hopes to reach more kidsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Jennifer Burk, said she has ideas for reinvigorating the base of corporate supporters and reaching more students with entrepreneurship programs.

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Charities gear up to provide school supplies, clothes

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two local organizations are trying to outfit thousands of kids before Indianapolis-area schools begin classes in August.
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State picks first virtual charter-school operator

August 6, 2009
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Franklin University hires local dean

August 4, 2009
Franklin University of Ohio hired Michael Szakaly to serve as dean of its new Indianapolis campus, the not-for-profit educator announced today. Szakaly most recently served as the business school dean at Ivy Tech Community College's east-central region, which includes Anderson, Marion and Muncie.
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New Franklin College office to help not-for-profits recruit volunteers

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College has a new office that helps Johnson County not-for-profits develop Web sites and recruit volunteers. The Nonprofit Resource Center was sparked in part by the lack of volunteer coordination during the summer floods of 2008.
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New higher-ed chief takes aim at dropout rates

August 3, 2009
J.K. Wall
Teresa Lubbers became Indiana commissioner for higher education on July 7 after serving 17 years as a Republican state senator from Indianapolis. She says every Hoosier needs some college-level training. Lubbers got a running start on her new job, having served as chairwoman of the senate education committee for years. She also worked frequently at the commission’s downtown offices during May and June—after her predecessor had left but before the Legislature returned for a special session to pass a budget. Her new staff dubbed her SenComm.
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State unveils $31M tuition-funding program

July 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Gov. Mitch Daniels failed to get the legislature to bite on his plan to lease out the Hoosier Lottery in order to pay for two-year college scholarships. So he's now he's using $31 million in federal stimulus funds to create a similar program for about 9,000 Hoosiers.
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Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library on pace for record yearRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A growing number of Indianapolis residents are making the most of their public library system. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library system says it’s on pace for a record year in terms of use by patrons and items circulated.  
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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Hoosier Academies leads chase for virtual charter schoolsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Hoosier Academies is the leading candidate to operate a controversial virtual charter school pilot program authorized last month by the Legislature.
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State law aims to attract doctors to areas in need of careRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Scott Olson
A state law that went into effect July 1 attempts to attract young physicians and mental health practitioners to underserved areas by forgiving part of their student loans. But Indiana’s budget woes prevented lawmakers from allocating funds to support the program.
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EDITORIAL: School funding has fatal flawsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A state budget was passed June 30, but it’s balanced on the backs of poor children. Legislators deserve praise for at least slightly increasing overall education funding, but because of a flawed funding formula, urban districts such as Indianapolis Public Schools actually will lose money in the next two years.
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WILLIAMS: IPS needs leadership overhaulRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Brian Williams
The challenges facing Indianapolis Public Schools are daunting. The socioeconomic level of its students and their families, fiscal constraints, and a necessary heightened focus on security issues are just a few, but all contribute to high dropout rates, low academic achievement, achievement gaps between middle-class and low-income children and declining enrollment.
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Florida system considering Ivy Tech president for leadership post

July 10, 2009
Scott Olson
Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder is one of 13 candidates being considered for the position of chancellor of the State University System of Florida.
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Franklin College sues like-named competitor over marketing push

July 6, 2009
J.K. Wall
Franklin College filed a lawsuit today alleging trademark infringement against Ohio-based Franklin University, which will open a campus in Castleton this fall. The liberal arts college south of Indianapolis said the newcomer's marketing blitz has been too close to Franklin College’s own branding.

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Despite what you might think, lawyers are compartatively scarce in IndianaRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Scott Olson
Only North and South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin have smaller proportions of lawyers within their working populations. Experts point to the state's shrinking base of corporate HQs, the exodus of law school graduates, and a less litigious climate overall.
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KELLER: The party's over for IU Law grads as stapped firms trim opportunitiesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Michael Keller
Fledgling attorneys face a legal industry in defensive mode, resulting in drooping employment figures.
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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